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I can not find a way to export my Thunderbird address book/contacts. Surely there is a way to do that?

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All I want is a way to export my Thunderbird contacts to a CSV file so that I can import those contacts into Outlook. I've looked in the menu system, I've looked in my profile, basically everywhere I could think of to try to find the contacts file. Any help would be appreciated.

All I want is a way to export my Thunderbird contacts to a CSV file so that I can import those contacts into Outlook. I've looked in the menu system, I've looked in my profile, basically everywhere I could think of to try to find the contacts file. Any help would be appreciated.

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Open Address Book and select an address book in the left pane. If the pane is hidden, View/Layout and enable Directory Pane. If the Menu Bar with View is hidden, press Alt. Don't select All Address Books. Then, Tools/Export..., which defaults to csv format.

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Open Address Book and select an address book in the left pane. If the pane is hidden, View/Layout and enable Directory Pane. If the Menu Bar with View is hidden, press Alt. Don't select All Address Books. Then, Tools/Export..., which defaults to csv format.

Open Address Book and select an address book in the left pane. If the pane is hidden, View/Layout and enable Directory Pane. If the Menu Bar with View is hidden, press Alt. Don't select All Address Books. Then, Tools/Export..., which defaults to csv format.
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Thanks a million!! My menu bar was hidden, duh. Often the answer is right in front of a person like looking for your glasses when they are right on your nose.

Thanks a million!! My menu bar was hidden, duh. Often the answer is right in front of a person like looking for your glasses when they are right on your nose.
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I should mention that the export CSV file is not importing into Outlook properly. i've done the process 5-6 times. It imports the names okay but that's it. No email address, phone #s, address, etc. I've opened the file in excel and all of the data is there. Outlook is just not importing the data properly. I've even knocked off everything but the name and email address fields and saved it as a different file but Outlook still treats it the same.

I should mention that the export CSV file is not importing into Outlook properly. i've done the process 5-6 times. It imports the names okay but that's it. No email address, phone #s, address, etc. I've opened the file in excel and all of the data is there. Outlook is just not importing the data properly. I've even knocked off everything but the name and email address fields and saved it as a different file but Outlook still treats it the same.
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There are many sites that explain how to import a csv into Outlook, and most of the problems depend on mapping the input fields to the structure defined in Outlook. I don't have Outlook and can't do a test. But it's also possible to import a vCard (.vcf) file to Outlook, so that may work better. When you export an address book from TB, select Save as type: vCard in the Tools/Export dialog.

There are many sites that explain how to import a csv into Outlook, and most of the problems depend on mapping the input fields to the structure defined in Outlook. I don't have Outlook and can't do a test. But it's also possible to import a vCard (.vcf) file to Outlook, so that may work better. When you export an address book from TB, select Save as type: vCard in the Tools/Export dialog.
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I saw the "mapping" the fields dialogue box and was trying to stay away from having to do that. Might have to do that if I want to use Outlook though. I tried a Vcard yesterday since it was an option in both programs, imported it and only one contact showed up, the first one starting with an A. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond.

I saw the "mapping" the fields dialogue box and was trying to stay away from having to do that. Might have to do that if I want to use Outlook though. I tried a Vcard yesterday since it was an option in both programs, imported it and only one contact showed up, the first one starting with an A. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond.

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One way to make the mapping process easier might be to export a csv file from Outlook and open it in a spreadsheet to see the column layout, and then copy the data, excluding the top row, from a TB csv into the corresponding columns. That way, the 'Outlookified' TB csv should import to Outlook with minimal mapping required.

One way to make the mapping process easier might be to export a csv file from Outlook and open it in a spreadsheet to see the column layout, and then copy the data, excluding the top row, from a TB csv into the corresponding columns. That way, the 'Outlookified' TB csv should import to Outlook with minimal mapping required.
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Thanks, I will try that.

This may sound weird but I am going to export TB to csv, then import that into my google address book, export that address book to a file then import it into Outlook. I tried it last night but didn't realize the file was still building. I looked at what had been imported to that point and I think that may work. I checked a few and there were email address and phone numbers showing on the contacts for what had been imported so far. What I meant by the file still building was that I went through my gmail address book after importing it from TB. There were a lot of duplicates so I went through them and merged all of them. I didn't realize the merging was still going on when I exported the file from gmail. I haven't had time to try it now that all of the contacts have merged.

Thanks, I will try that. This may sound weird but I am going to export TB to csv, then import that into my google address book, export that address book to a file then import it into Outlook. I tried it last night but didn't realize the file was still building. I looked at what had been imported to that point and I think that may work. I checked a few and there were email address and phone numbers showing on the contacts for what had been imported so far. What I meant by the file still building was that I went through my gmail address book after importing it from TB. There were a lot of duplicates so I went through them and merged all of them. I didn't realize the merging was still going on when I exported the file from gmail. I haven't had time to try it now that all of the contacts have merged.
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